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Les Saintes Bay

Les Saintes Bay

With pure-white sand and azure-blue water, it’s easy to see why Baie des Saintes was voted one of the most beautiful bays in the world by UNESCO. Located in the northwest coast off the island of Terre-de-Haut, taking out a small canoe or fishing boat during the day is highly recommended. 960 1280

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La Cascade aux Ecrevisses

La Cascade aux Ecrevisses

Looking for an adventure? Well then, look no further than the Ecrevisses waterfall. Just a short 10-minute romp through the “jungle,” Ecrevisses offers a fun, fresh-water experience with a great swimming hole for relaxing and rock faces to leap from. 960 1280

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Plage du Vieux Fort a Marie Galante

Plage du Vieux Fort a Marie Galante

From sailing to canoeing, if you’re looking for a beach that offers ample opportunity to enjoy water sports, then Plage du Vieux Fort is for you. Want to enjoy the stars from the comfort of your own canoe? A sunset tour through the mangrove trees is the ideal way to enjoy relaxation in the Caribbean. 960 1280

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La Grande Soufriere

La Grande Soufriere

Although its last eruption was in 1976, this active volcano known as La Grande Soufriere is situated on Basse-Terre and is the highest mountain peak in the Lesser Antilles. 960 1280

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Plage de la Perle

Plage de la Perle

One of the finer family beaches in Guadeloupe, Plage de la Perle (Pearl Beach) is protected by coral reef and offers lush vegetation and picturesque landscapes in a mountainous backdrop. Pearl beach is also known for their blonde sand, horseback riding and strong waves, making it the perfect place to partake in water activities. 960 1280

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Sainte-Anne Market

Sainte-Anne Market

They say location is everything, and if that’s true, Sainte-Anne Market is definitely winning … by a lot. Positioned smack-dab in the center of the city, visitors flock to this open-air market on a daily basis. As well as selling fresh produce and spices, vendors also sell keepsakes and clothing. 960 1280

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Goyave

Goyave

Located on Basse-Terre island, Goyave, a commune in the city of Pointe-a-Pitre is known for their vast knowledge of agriculture, and in particular the cultivation of the tropical fruit guava. 960 1280

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Pain de Sucre Beach

Pain de Sucre Beach

Known by locals as the hidden gem of Terre-de-Haut Island, Pain de Sucre was named because of its similarities to the famed Sugarloaf Beach in Rio de Janeiro. A mainly residential destination, Pain de Sucre beach is also one of the most romantic beaches in Guadeloupe. 960 1280

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Jardin Botanique de Deshaies

Jardin Botanique de Deshaies

Containing over 1,000 various plant species from all over the world, Guadeloupe’s premiere botanical garden, The Jardin Botanique de Deshaies also plays home to several indigenous animals including flamingos, parakeets and parrots. 960 1280

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Eglise Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul

Eglise Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul

Located in Pointe-a-Pitre and nicknamed the Iron Cathedral, this traditional church is architecturally exquisite both inside and out. 960 1280

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Pointe de la Grande Vigie

Pointe de la Grande Vigie

The northernmost point of Guadeloupe, Pointe de la Grande Vigie is a rock-filled peninsula with large, vertical cliffs reaching up to heights of almost 260 feet. If you stand in the right spot, you can catch a glimpse of Montserrat, Antigua and La Desirade, 3 other beautiful Caribbean islands. 960 1280

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Sainte-Anne Beach

Sainte-Anne Beach

One of the most tourist-laden places in all of Guadeloupe, Sainte-Anne is a beautiful beach city comprised mainly of 4 different beaches -- Bois Jolan, Saint Anne, Caravelle and Gros Sable. Although still heavily reliant on their agriculture, its crystal-blue water and pristine-white sand offer visitors plenty of options to enjoy the warm Caribbean weather. 960 1280

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Bassin Bleu

Bassin Bleu

Bassin Bleu, or more commonly known as "Blue Pool," is a must-see diving pool located within the tropical rainforest on Basse-Terre. Easily accessible by foot, this electric blue pool is engulfed by an amazing landscape and includes a waterfall and natural slide. 960 1280

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Gros Piton

Gros Piton

The second highest peak on Saint Lucia, Gros Piton can be climbed without ropes or mountaineering experience. 960 1280

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Cas En Bas Beach

Cas En Bas Beach

Giddyup! A man rides a horse along Cas En Bas Beach, a stretch of sand to the north of St. Lucia. 960 1280

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Green Figs and Salt Fish

Green Figs and Salt Fish

Don’t let the name fool you. This dish may be called “green figs and salt fish,” but there are no figs in it. Popular since the 1700s, it consists mainly of boiled green bananas and salted fish. 960 1280

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Fort Rodney

Fort Rodney

St. Lucia is home to Fort Rodney, an old British military base, overlooking the Caribbean Sea. 960 1280

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Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens

Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens

This soothing waterfall can be found at Diamond Falls Botanical Gardens, a 6-acre tropical retreat. 960 1280

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Rainforest Zip-Lining

Rainforest Zip-Lining

St. Lucia holds plenty of adventure, including the chance to zipline through its rainforests. 960 1280

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St. Lucia Jazz Festival

St. Lucia Jazz Festival

Musicians Mike Stern, Richard Bona and Bob Franceschini perform on the final day of the 20th St. Lucia Jazz Festival. Held every May, the festival showcases various flavors of jazz from the US, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and Europe. 960 1280

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Diving Paradise

Diving Paradise

A diving paradise, St. Lucia’s waters include a stunning array of coral, sponge and marine life. 960 1280

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Soufriere

Soufriere

A scenic town on St. Lucia’s west coast, Soufriere has many hot springs and mineral baths -- no surprise given that its name means “sulphur in the air” in French. 960 1280

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Sulphur Springs

Sulphur Springs

Sulphur Springs is the world’s only drive-in volcano. It’s located on the southwestern end of St. Lucia. 960 1280

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Castries Market

Castries Market

Enjoy fresh papaya at Castries Market, a lively market filled with tropical fruits and vegetables. 960 1280

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Anse Chastanet Resort

Anse Chastanet Resort

Mountain biking in the Caribbean jungle of St. Lucia. Here, bikers take a break at Anse Chastanet Resort, which encompasses more than 600 tropical acres. 960 1280

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Eagle Beach

Eagle Beach

Eagle Beach, famous for its low-rise resorts and large public beach, is rated one of the best beaches in the world. 960 1280

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Archaeological Museum

Archaeological Museum

Explore Aruba's colorful Archaeological Museum to view artifacts, shells and stone tools  used 2,500 years ago. 960 1280

By Em erasmus (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons  

Caribbean Sunsets

Caribbean Sunsets

A man enjoys the last few minutes of water skiing just before the sun sets in Aruba. 960 1280

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Divi Trees

Divi Trees

A Divi tree rests peacefully on Eagle Beach. 960 1280
Seroe Colorado Natural Bridge

Seroe Colorado Natural Bridge

Take a hike to enjoy the natural beauty of the Sero Colorado Natural Bridge on Aruba's southeastern coast. 960 1280

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Carnival

Carnival

Locals dress up, dance and celebrate in one of several parades held during Aruba's Carnival -- January through March. 960 1280
Alto Vista Chapel

Alto Vista Chapel

Alto Vista Chapel, built by Spanish missionaries in 1750, was the first church established in the Caribbean. 960 1280

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Private Palapas

Private Palapas

Spend a romantic dinner in a private palapa at the Old Man and the Sea restaurant. 960 1280

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Palm Beach

Palm Beach

Visit Aruba's Palm Beach to bask in the sun and shop at a number of upscale malls and shopping centers in the area. 960 1280
Harbor

Harbor

Explore the shops and tourist attractions along Aruba's busy harbor. 960 1280

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